Focusing on Fire Protection and Statistics
Fire: a destroyer of homes, businesses, and dreams.
According to the National Fire Protection Agency
(NFPA) a the fire department responds to a fire
every 23 seconds. That's a lot of fires. A fire can
turn deadly and dangerous in mere seconds causing
loss of life, loss of property, severe lung and brain
damage from smoke inhalation and loss of dreams.
Having adequate fire protection in place helps decrease the chances of
severe loss and death. Taking steps to prevent a fire from starting is the
first step in fire prevention. Adding fire alert and monitoring devices
is the next step in fire prevention and having a solid action plan that
all family members or business employees know and understand is the
third step in fire safety to reduce injury and death.
Not all fires are preventable. An outbreak of a fire can occur for many
reasons that are not controlled by human action or by negligence. Fires
can start in a basement in the middle of a night when a fuse shorts and
sparks causing flames to rise up due to no ones fault or can be caused
by preventable measures like reducing cooking temperature with oil to
avoid a kitchen fire. Bottom line fires happen,but a preventable. Here
some common sense guidelines to keep a fire from starting.
1. Keep all electrical outlets, sockets, and wiring up to date and have
all high voltage electrical work done by a licensed professional.
2. Make sure all appliances and electronics are working properly and
have no signs of burning or shredding on the cords. Also, for items
that use vents or fans for cooling makes sure the vents and fans are not
covered by anything.
3. Make sure your basement or attic is organized and free of papers,
trash, debris, cloth or any other easily flammable items. If you store
such items in your home such as stacks of magazines make sure they
put away in bins or kept away from areas that can spark such as water
heaters, electrical outlets, and condenser units.
4. Be vigilant with candles. Don't let them burn unattended. Make sure
cancels are out before leaving your home or going to bed.
5. If you're a smoke think about making an outside only smoking policy.
It sounds crazy, but never ever smoke in bed. Falling asleep with a
cigarette still smoking is an instant way to start a fire.
6. Be careful cooking with hot oil. Kitchen flare-ups from oil can get
out of hand real fast and are hard to control.
7. Keep the exterior of your home free form debris, dry brush or
anything else that can cause a flame. Lighting storms can ignite
a fire outside that will quickly spread into your home.
8. When lighting fires in your hard to burn debris or when using
fireworks stay as far away from your home as possible. If you have
a small yard don't try to squeeze a fire into it.
Now that you know some ways to prevent fire here are some great
products to help you monitor and protect your home from fire.
Homeowners will 100% benefit from monitored smoke alarms. A
monitored smoke alarm does exactly what it name says. It works
in conjunction with a monitored alarm system that is signaling to
a central monitoring station. When the smoke alarm detects smoke
it sends a signal to the station who sends the fire department out saving
valuable time when seconds count.
Commercial locations at a bare minimum will benefit from a smoke
alarm monitored by a central station. Larger companies with big office
spaces, warehouses, and processing facilities must pass fire standards
to keep everyone safe. A certified fire installation company will provide
commercial locations with a fire safety plan that will include fire pull
stations, smoke alarms, fire doors, strobes, and sprinkler systems.
Every family and business needs a fire safety and procedure plan. The
plan needs to include directions for exiting homes and buildings along
with training on handling fires and smokes like stop, drop and roll and
knowing about basic fire facts. Having fire safety products on hand
such as fire ladders for second story exits, smoke detectors, and
extinguishers are important in the event a fire does occur.
Knowing the three basic ways to prevent fire from common sense
preventable measures, to fire protection devices and a game plan
int he event of a fire will keep your home or company safe and
out of the statistical range for damage, injury and death.